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Carnation Festival Student Bench Auction Raises More than $1,000

The Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival Student Garden Bench Auction raised more than $1,000 for local schools. Eleven schools in Wheat Ridge submitted benches to the auction that were painted by their students. The highest bid of $400 went to Everitt Middle School for its bench that featured Denver’s skyline against a mountain backdrop.

The benches were built by Wheat Ridge High School students using donated lumber. The Colorado Construction Institute provided instruction and support to the students as part of a larger effort to equip Jefferson County students with real-world skills. Money raised through the auction will benefit each participating school's art department.

This is the second year that the Wheat Ridge Education Alliance (WREA) has joined forces with local schools, the Colorado Construction Institute, and the Carnation Festival to highlight student-constructed projects. Last year, students built and decorated picnic tables to raise funds at the festival auction. Established in April of 2014, the mission of the WREA is to advance educational excellence in Wheat Ridge schools by working together with city officials, community members, business owners, and educators.

Discuss ‘The Ringer’ With Wheat Ridge Reads, Sept. 21 & 23

The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission has chosen Jenny Shank’s “The Ringer” for this year’s Wheat Ridge Reads community reading program.

Set over the course of a baseball season, “The Ringer” weaves a fictional story of the aftermath of an inadvertent police shooting. The sons of the triggerman and the victim all play youth league baseball, bringing the families together in a stunning climax that doesn’t resolve the situation, but releases the tension of the story.

Shank will discuss her book and share some writing insights during three free Wheat Ridge Reads events: Thursday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. during Wheat Ridge Library’s Thursday Morning Book Club at Ye Olde Firehouse, 3232 Depew St.; that afternoon at Wheat Ridge High School with students and faculty; and Saturday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., at El Aguascalientes, 4105 Wadsworth Boulevard, for a community discussion.

Now in its sixth year, Wheat Ridge Reads promotes literacy through a common reading experience among community members and culminates with three author presentations in September. Teenagers and adults are encouraged to read the book and join the discussion at one of these events.

Copies of “The Ringer” are available at Jefferson County Public Libraries, BookBar, 4280 Tennyson St., and electronically.

For more information, contact Wheat Ridge Cultural Commissioner At Large Gay Porter DeNileon at gpdenileon@gmail.com.

LWV Jeffco to Host School Board Info Meeting Sept. 26

Join your neighbors and the League of Women Voters Jeffco for a school board election informational meeting on Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 9200 W. 10th Ave., in Lakewood. This year, three of the five board seats for Jefferson County Public Schools will be open. The League’s Education team will host a panel of experts to explain and discuss how a school board sets goals, adopts policies and keeps students at the foremost of decision making. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the role of the school board, or to learn if you would like to explore becoming a candidate for the school board.

For more information visit www.lwvjeffco.org or call 303-238-0032.

Wellness Fair at Evolition, Sept. 30

Evolition will host a wellness fair featuring local providers who offer different types of bodywork and movement therapies, individual and group fitness, nutrition and emotional health counseling, esthetics and more.

There will be giveaways for various services and retail items as well as educational talks and demonstrations throughout. The event takes place at Elevation Physical Therapy and Inspiration Fitness, 1901-1921 Youngfield St. from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30.

For more information, contact Tiffany Bucknam of Evolition, 303-906-3696.

Localworks’ ‘Pop-Up’ Safety event Oct. 1-7

AARP has awarded a Community Challenge grant to Localworks for its Activate 38 program. The grant will help Localworks increase active transportation, transit use and accessibility along 38th Avenue between Kipling and Youngfield streets. Localworks’ winning submittal is a neighborhood “pop-up” tactical urbanism intervention along the busy 38th Avenue corridor west of Kipling, to be conducted Oct. 1 through 7. This corridor has few facilities for walking, biking and wheelchair rolling, and the demonstration will encourage the local community to learn more about improving these facilities, and enable conversations for change with the city.

Residents and coalition members are working with Localworks within this focus area to examine infrastructure, overall walk and roll ability, and general safety. The area has been previously prioritized for infrastructure, a fatality has occurred on the corridor, and there are numerous safety concerns from residents. There were 22 grant applicants in the state of Colorado, and Localworks is one of two selected in the state.

  Learn more about Activate 38 and the upcoming “pop-up” event at WeAreLocalworks.org/Activate-38.

St. John’s to Bless Animals on Oct. 7

On Oct. 7, at 9 a.m. there will be a Blessing of the Animals at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 13151 W. 28th Ave. in Applewood. The short outdoor service will feature music and prayer, followed by coffee, juice and treats. For the safety of all present animals must be leashed or in their carriers/containers.

For more information, visit www.stjohngolden.org.

Historical Society’s Apple Cider Day is Oct. 14

Bring your own apples and containers to hold the cider pressed on the Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s presses on Apple Cider Day, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Historic Park 4610 Robb St. There will also be craft demonstrations. Cost is $5, and lunch is served for a nominal fee. Listen to or join in on the live music.

For more information, visit www.wheatridgehistoricalsociety.org.

Explore Wheat Ridge Bus Tour, Oct. 21

On Saturday, Oct. 21, the public is invited to take a bus tour of the City of Wheat Ridge. This outing delves into new developments and projects around town, while allowing attendees the opportunity to learn more about the city and how to become more involved with Localworks. The $10 cost includes a beverage ticket for Rickoli’s (beer or in-house brewed cherry soda or root beer), as well as samples of delicious pizza from Infinitus Pie following the tour. The tour runs from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.wearelocalworks.org.